One of the best things to come from the uncertainty of today’s environment and shaky economy is a new emphasis on frugal living and a return to more spiritual values. Will the need to save money and be eco-friendly put a damper on the Christmas season? It does not have to; on the contrary, this may be the best holiday season ever. All of those packages piled under the tree and the list of social events are not what brings happiness, anyway. It is the simple act of giving from the heart and being with those we love that makes Christmas special.
Instead of buying sweaters and electronics that sit in the closet or end up in a Goodwill store, why not give the gift of an experience? Depending on the budget, this could range from a night at a country inn or a massage to a coupon for free babysitting or a free car wash. If you enjoy shopping and preparing special meals, this could be a gift in itself. If you do not, however, consider taking the family to volunteer at a homeless shelter and buy take-out on the way home. Chances are no one will miss all the fuss, and most likely they will feel thankful to be eating a meal together as a family.Read More